Some of the RVF team's top product picks
Purina Pro Plan
Salmon & Rice formula
While the regular PPP line usually makes most of the French happy, every dog is different and its own individual, and some struggle with more gastro sensitivity which translates to vomiting/regurgitating and/or diarrhea. Dr. Kristi says this formula completely stopped her Ava's pukefest.
All Life Stages
We love Life's Abundance as well and especially the beautiful soft and sleek coats the dogs have eating this. Technically their All Life Stage dog food covers puppies, adults, and senior dogs alike. But we like a puppy formula with a little higher protein content, so we always recommend starting littles on the puppy formula and then graduating to this at 1yr.
Life's Abundance has our all-time favorite dog shampoo. Normally we say absolutely not when it comes to scented anything for dogs, but this formula is still incredibly gentle on young puppies and even the most sensitive-skinned dogs. It makes their coats so soft, and the yummy smell lasts for quite a while.
Purina Pro Plan
Purina hit it out of the park with this one. Most pet food formulas are designed to provide your dogs with a balanced diet full of everything they need. But again, case by case and there are some more sensitive dogs, OR dogs that normally are not sensitive but have an acute response (they ate something they shouldn't have and now have the squirts). Having FortiFlora on hand is something we recommend to everyone with a dog, not even just a Frenchie. These come in individual daily powder packets you sprinkle on their food. It's a fantastic probiotic gut health booster. We don't recommend keeping anyone on this long term, but a 30-day regime, or even just an acute usage for a few days or a week will be greatly supportive for your pet.
Harnesses, Collars, & Leashes
We absolutely love the Frenchie Bulldog line of products, mainly their harnesses which are designed specifically and uniquely for French Bulldog body structures. It's always healthier with these brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds, to keep as much pull and tension off their throats as possible. Plus, they are all reversible and come in so many great designs!
We love these porky puffs as a great alternative to rawhide or basically a ton of other doggie chew products out there on the market. Another one that the dogs thoroughly enjoy, but we don't have to worry about them choking on in the front end, or plugging up and impacting on in the back end. And they're great for all the ages from puppies to seniors.
Turkey & Berry Chewies
Another excellent treat option for all ages that we love are the turkey and berry chewies from Life's Abundance. All things in moderation so don't feed the whole bag in a day but, we find they are very gentle and easy on the tummy and the dogs absolutely love them!
Harnesses, Collars & Leashes
So I think G just likes to play contrarian to us ladies on the team but, his favorite harness brand that he gets for his personal dog (Pollie) is the Frenchiestore brand. Same exact idea as Frenchie Bulldog, both are designed for the brachycephalic breeds, both come in tons of great reversible designs, and they just hit all the marks for us. Same price even, but because they have metal hardware, G just feels like they seem higher quality. Tomatoes Tomatos. So our other favorite option.
When the girls are in heat, these are the diapers we use. They come in packs of 3, all sorts of color/design options, and we order a size Large. They fit the girth of a Frenchie well, but are still adjustable on the length end for their short butts. Pro Tip: Line them with maxi pads! The big gawdy ones with wings and overnight absorbency, you can get the diapers to last a few days a time this way, and changing the pads regularly is more sanitary and clean for the dogs.
Puppy Litterbox Pan
A couple of years ago we changed over from potty training puppies with piddle pads, to using the litter pan system and we won't ever go back. We do keep piddle pads around for travelling with young pups but otherwise, we have several of these litter pans and use a pelletized bedding inside of them (mentioned below). We have found it to be so much more sanitary, it helps tremendously with smell, and the pups just seem to randomly be drawn to it from the very beginning. And while we start basic potty training here, they leave us at 8 weeks so the majority of that load is on the new family. This approach will definitely help you be more successful with that in home as well.
Tractor Supply Co.
Pine Pelletized Bedding
Horse stall bedding? For puppy litter? YES! A thousand times yes, but this specific exact one. It's cheap, but it is SAFE, and highly effective. There are Tractor Supply Stores all over creation but if you don't have one close, you can order a couple bags online.